Roland Berger appoints Rene Seyger as Managing Partner for Middle East

22 November 2018

Global management consulting firm Roland Berger has appointed company veteran Rene Seyger as Managing Partner for its operations in the Middle East.

In line with its expansion plans for the region, global strategy and management firm Roland Berger has appointed Rene Seyger as its new Middle East managing partner to be based out of Dubai. Co-founding Roland Berger’s Dutch office in 2002, Rene Seyger has been with the global management firm for more than 16 years – and brings altogether three decades of experience to the role.

Starting out with Dutch consultancy Coopers & Lybrand in 1989 – following an MBA in Business Administration with the University of Twente – Seyger rose to the position of Manager within four years, before departing to briefly join Knight Wendling Consulting in Amsterdam. Since then, Seyger spent nearly eight years with Arthur D. Little as an Associate Director in Rotterdam, leaving in 2002 to establish Roland Berger’s office in Amsterdam.Roland Berger appoints Rene Seyger as Managing Partner for Middle East“Rene's appointment underscores and signposts the company's forward-thinking approach to corporate consultancy in the Middle East, and is an integral part of our growth strategy, said Roland Berger CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée, who was re-elected to the post earlier this year. “I have been a frequent visitor to the region in the last twelve months and Rene is my and our person of choice to take Roland Berger to the next level in the Middle East. He has our full trust."

An expert in the automotive, transport and healthcare sectors (previously heading up the segments for Roland Berger in the Netherlands), Seyger specialises in strategy and restructuring, and is an avid proponent of new mobility concepts such as with respect to autonomous vehicles – with the Netherlands incidentally the world’s most prepared nation for the advent of autonomous driving according to research from KPMG.

“This is an exciting time for Roland Berger as we firmly establish ourselves with our clients as a strategic consultancy with a difference,” said Seyger on his latest challenge. “As a firm, we combine the strategic capability and think tank capacity of a global consulting firm with the agility of a startup in terms of innovative thinking and execution. I am looking forward to the journey ahead with the team, our clients and partners, as we continue to accelerate our presence in the Middle East.”

According to the firm, the appointment of Seyger is a significant step in the context of Roland Berger’s accelerated growth plans for the Middle East region and its intention to strengthen its presence across all industry verticals – with a ‘special focus on fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem’. Earlier this year, the firm became a founding partner of fintech accelerator Bahrain FinTech Bay, and has hosted a start-up competition in Saudi Arabia and, most recently, an Italian-Middle Eastern innovation event in Dubai.


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Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.